The Crane Paper Company of Dalton, Massachusetts,(the firm that owned the Weston mill)
discontinued the manufacture of paper at the Byron Weston Paper Company mill in Dalton,
Massachusetts in ealry 2008. The only thing that the mill manufactures today is pulp. Matter of fact,
Crane brand papers themselves, for the most part, are manufactured by other paper mills.
Crane sold the Weston brand, customer list and paper formulas to the Southworth Paper
Company of Turners Falls, Massachusetts. The Weston products sales representative (who was with the Weston mill) is a long time business acquaintance of mine, and we collaborated to bring the paper back to
the alt. market.
As this is a rather intense and very costly undertaking, I have been appointed the sole worldwide
distributor of the reincarnated Weston Diploma Parchment, which has an appendage added to
The WDP Plat-Pal is made to the same specifications as the original paper and does in fact
respond to chemistry very nicely.
When I introduced the original Weston Diploma Parchment to the alt. community, I did so
only after considerable scrutiny by the man (John Marcy) who originally asked me to look
for a PT/PD sheet that he and 21ST Editions could use for their projects. At the time, an awful
lot of people had fallen away from the alternative processes because there hadn't been any new
papers introduced to the community in a very long time. It's ironic that Weston Diploma had
been manufactured for some 50+ years and no one ever tested the paper for PT/PD.
Over the last several months we have had several paper trials at Southworth which John Marcy tested at his
Northampton Photographics studio, with success finally achieved earlier this fall. John pronounced the
paper acceptable for PT/PD and here we are.